Health Matters

Your Yearly Health Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Gini Hoffman on Jan 15, 2018 7:29:00 AM

It’s been a few weeks since you set your goal to improve your health this year, and it is going great – or maybe not so much. Whether or not you’ve made any progress, it's never too late to refocus on your health.

Get started by breaking down your health goals into smaller, more achievable objectives. Set an intention for each month and stick to them. 

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness

What is Hospice Care?

Posted by Jennifer Robinson, BSN, RN on Jan 8, 2018 2:08:05 PM

Hospice is about living with hope and dying with dignity

What is Hospice Care.jpgThe purpose of hospice care is to enhance the quality of life of the terminally ill, and to support the family in caring for and keeping their loved one comfortable in the home. The goal is to support patients who no longer wish to continue curative treatment or when the side effects of curative therapies outweigh potential long-term benefits.

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Topics: Health Care 101

How Much Sleep Should I be Getting?

Posted by Dr. Salim Qazizadeh on Jan 3, 2018 7:43:00 AM

Parents use bed time stories and other peaceful rituals to lull their children to sleep. But no matter your age, maximizing sleep should become your routine.

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Topics: Sleep

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Weight Loss

Posted by Kathy Foreman on Dec 27, 2017 7:43:00 AM

It starts with the best of intentions. It’s a new year and you’ve got big changes in mind. But just as the last verses of “Auld Lang Syne” begin to fade into the background, so too does the typical resolution.

According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, while 45 percent of us tend to make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent of us actually achieve our goals. The number one resolution last year was weight loss. Quitting smoking and getting or staying fit and healthy also topped the list. Thinking big is important, but working in bite-sized chunks can make the large goals attainable.

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Topics: Weight Management

What is Shoulder Arthritis?

Posted by Dr. Bradley Carofino on Dec 20, 2017 7:16:00 AM

Shoulder arthritis is one of the main causes of shoulder pain. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions joints and enables them to move smoothly begins to break down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, which leads to joint stiffness, pain and loss of movement. In cases of shoulder arthritis, the bones begin grinding like a mortar and pestle.

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Topics: Orthopedics, Arthritis

8 Tips to Keep Type 2 Diabetes Away

Posted by Terry Lumber on Dec 18, 2017 7:21:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one in three American adults have prediabetes, but more than 90 percent of these adults don’t even know they are at a high risk for Type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Prediabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. If you’re at a high risk for or have already been diagnosed with prediabetes, prevention of Type 2 diabetes is possible (and highly recommended!), and it doesn’t require killing yourself at the gym every night. 

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness, Diabetes Treatment

Santa: We wish you a healthy Christmas

Posted by Dr. David Spencer on Dec 13, 2017 11:51:00 AM

He may be the jolliest guy of all, but his physician probably isn’t feeling very merry.

Awash in Christmas cookies and candy canes, and participating in an inadequate once-a-year exercise regimen, Santa’s potential health concerns are too many to count. If I were his physician, I would suggest that as he prepares for his busiest night of the year, he should also get ready for few lifestyle changes.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management, Diabetes Treatment

13 Things to Do Before Bringing Baby Home

Posted by Lisa Wainwright-Pinion on Dec 11, 2017 7:25:00 AM

As a parent-to-be, you may feel overwhelmed with preparing for your new bundle of joy. You may be reading advice books and blogs, taking classes and asking friends and family for suggestions. However you do it, making sure you prepare ahead-of-time is a must.

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Topics: Women's Health, Babysitting

Excuses to Skip Your Diagnostic Mammogram (Debunked)!

Posted by Dr. Antonio Ruiz on Dec 6, 2017 9:31:21 AM

If one simple yearly examination could significantly change the course of your life, would you elect to take it? Each year thousands of lives are saved by one test—the diagnostic mammogram. In fact, you might be surprised to know that mammography is the only medical diagnostic technology proven to decrease mortality. According to the American College of Radiology, yearly mammograms have helped to reduce breast cancer-related deaths by one-third since 1990.

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Topics: Cancer Care, Women's Health

9 Ways to Stay Fit this Winter

Posted by Erika Smith on Dec 4, 2017 7:28:00 AM

Winter hibernation is the quickest path to gain weight and a case of the seasonal blues. Don’t let the frosty weather take a bite out of your workout. Resolve to stay active with these tips and learn how to stay healthy during the holidays.

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Topics: Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management